Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!
Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.